Looking for the best ways to eat cherry tomatoes? From salads to bruschetta, kabobs to pasta, these cherry tomato recipes are easy, healthy, and downright delicious!
What Are Cherry Tomatoes?
Cherry tomatoes are bite-sized tomatoes, typically the size of a cherry or just a bit larger. They were actually bred by British and Israeli scientists in Mexico in the 70s and continue to be popular today. Cherry tomatoes can be enjoyed cooked or raw and you can even buy them still on the vine at the store.
The most common color of cherry tomatoes is red but you can also find them in yellow, orange, green, and almost black.
Many people are surprised to find that there are actually several different varieties of cherry tomatoes. Here are a few of the most popular:
- Classic cherry tomatoes – These are the cherry tomatoes you’ll likely find in the store, with their bright red color.
- Sungold cherry tomatoes – These tomatoes have a beautiful gold color and tend to be extra juicy.
- Black cherry tomatoes – These are a bit more uncommon but they have a dark, almost-black skin and slightly smoky flavor.
Are Cherry Tomatoes and Grape Tomatoes The Same?
No, cherry tomatoes and grape tomatoes are not the same – though they are similar. Grape tomatoes are slightly bigger than cherry tomatoes and have more of an oblong shape. They also have thicker skin and tend to stay fresh longer, which makes them more common in grocery stores.
However, since they have a similar taste to cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes can easily be substituted in any cherry tomato recipe.
How to Store Cherry Tomatoes
Storing these bite-sized tomatoes is quite easy.
- Room temperature. Cherry tomatoes are best stored at room temperature for up to 3 days. This makes for easy snacking and helps keep the perfect texture.
- Fridge. You can also store cherry tomatoes in the fridge, though it’s best to let them come to room temperature before enjoying them if you’re eating them raw. If you’re using them in any cherry tomato recipes below, you can use them straight from the fridge.
- Freezer. Cherry tomatoes have a high water content and do not freeze well.
16 Cherry Tomato Recipes to Try
Now let’s dive into the best ways to enjoy these sweet, juicy tomatoes in some of my favorite cherry tomato recipes!
Classic Italian Pasta Salad Recipe
This Classic Italian Pasta Salad features cherry tomatoes, olives, cheese, cucumbers, and pasta in a zesty dressing. A must for summer gatherings!
Classic Wedge Salad with Light Blue Cheese Dressing
This Classic Wedge Salad features iceberg lettuce topped with a light blue cheese dressing, tomatoes, bacon, and onion. An easy appetizer or side!
Grilled Balsamic Beef Kabobs
Made with veggies like cherry tomatoes and onion, these Grilled Balsamic Beef Kabobs are easy and flavorful. Perfect for summer grilling!
Festive Antipasto Skewers Christmas Wreath
Cherry tomatoes add a festive touch to this Antipasto Skewer Christmas Wreath! An easy, low carb appetizer that’s perfect for any holiday party.
Greek Tortellini Pasta Salad
Greek Tortellini Pasta Salad is loaded with veggies like cucumbers and cherry tomatoes and tossed with a tangy homemade vinaigrette. An easy 30-minute side dish packed with flavor!
Cherry tomatoes give this Avocado Bruschetta recipe a pop of fresh flavor and color. Enjoy as an appetizer or snack to any meal.
Grilled Vegetable Orzo Salad with Goat Cheese & Balsamic Dressing
For a fresh and healthy summer side dish, try this Grilled Vegetable Orzo Salad, tossed with goat cheese and balsamic dressing. So tasty and easy!
Burst Tomato Pasta
Made with cherry tomatoes and basil, this Burst Tomato Pasta may be one of the easiest pasta recipes you ever make – but it sure isn’t lacking in flavor!
Grilled Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps
These Grilled Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps, garnished with avocado and cherry tomatoes make an easy, low-carb game day appetizer.
Grilled Vegetable Panzanella Salad
This Grilled Vegetable Panzanella Salad features crunchy ciabatta, charred veggies like squash and cherry tomatoes, and basil, all tossed with a sweet balsamic vinaigrette.
Roasted Tomato Bruschetta with Whipped Goat Cheese
A tasty twist on classic bruschetta, this Roasted Tomato Bruschetta is made with roasted cherry tomatoes, tangy goat cheese, basil, and a sweet balsamic reduction.
Sheet Pan Balsamic Salmon with Asparagus & Brussels Sprouts
Dinner doesn’t get easier than this Sheet Pan Balsamic Salmon, with the salmon, potatoes, and veggies all cooked on one baking sheet. Ready in just 30 minutes!
Mexican Chopped Salad with Poblano Dressing
With kale, grilled veggies, avocado, and chipotle chicken tossed in a homemade poblano dressing, this Mexican Chopped Salad is bursting with flavor. Perfect for lunch or dinner!
Easy Garlic Parmesan Roasted Shrimp and Zucchini
Looking for a low carb, high protein dinner? Made with zucchini and roasted tomatoes, this Garlic Parmesan Roasted Shrimp is it. Easy to make and even easier to clean up!
Tomato Panzanella Salad
This Panzanella salad, made with cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, onions, basil, and garlic croutons, makes a quick and easy side dish or light lunch. Perfect for summer!